Verticals Community Learning Center giving local students more opportunities | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 18, 2022

William James, a Brownsville native and former NFL player, returned to his hometown and opened the center in May 2021. He heads both Verticals and its sibling nonprofit, Team Humanity, to provide educational opportunities for local students they might not receive at school.

Miracle League of Pa.’s Laurel Highlands empowers players and families | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 16, 2022

The season typically starts in mid-May, and players are divided into two teams with games on Sundays. Younger athletes play in the first game of the day, followed by the older players. The Miracle League typically has five or six game days per season.

Donora Smog Museum and Historical Society preserves borough’s rich history | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 15, 2022

By Paul Paterra The Donora Historical Society is the oldest in Washington County, dating back to 1946, and since that time has done its best to preserve the borough’s history. “Some of the original guys were the founding fathers of Donora,” said Mark Pawelec, a volunteer with the historical society since 2008. One of the […]

LuLu’s Free Store: Offering a chic shopping experience free of charge | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 14, 2022

To continue helping, the fledgling nonprofit needs donations. LuLu's Free Store accepts donations of new and lightly used clothing, jewelry and home goods, and new health and beauty products.

Watchful Shepherd provides tools to those in abusive situations | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 13, 2022

In October, Watchful Shepherd hosted its "Dancing for a Cause" fundraiser at Valley Brook Country Club. The event, similar to the popular television program, "Dancing With the Stars," teams up notable people in the community with Arthur Murray Dance Studio instructors.

Mon Valley Performing Arts Academy offers cost-effective arts education | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 12, 2022

The academy offers two branches of study: the Summer Experience, with a program for those ages 4 to 7 and another for ages 8 to 17. There's also an after-school program during the academic year, and Pagen said participants range from age 3 to adults. 

Honey’s Helping Hand seeing continual increase of community need | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 11, 2022

Local businesses and restaurants donate food for their boxes, including Jackson Farms in New Salem, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Bimbo Bakeries and Mill Street Merchants. The organization also partners with 412 Food Rescue in Pittsburgh and Fayette County Community Action.

The World of Good Foundation honors the legacy of Steve Kassimer. The 35-year-old Smock man died in an accident in 2020. His family and friends said he lived a life kindness to others, a cornerstone of the foundation. Kassimer is pictured with his sons, Wyatt Kassimer (left) and Cohen Kassimer.

World of Good Foundation carries out SWPA man’s ‘legacy of kindness’ | Helping the Helpers

BY: - November 24, 2022

'Especially for me, it’s really important and a way for him to continue to live on through our boys and for them to see, through others, how kind and caring their dad was,' Kristi Kassimer Harper said.

The Literacy Council of Southwestern Pa. is transforming lives | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 24, 2021

The Literacy Council of Southwestern PA is a nonprofit gem that, for more than 3 1/2 decades has given hope to – and transformed the lives of – people in Fayette County by improving their reading skills.

Child care program in Connellsville gives peace of mind to working parents | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 23, 2021

By Mark Hofman A child care program at Highlands Hospital in Connellsville is growing strong and wants to continuing expanding to serve the residents of Fayette County. Founded in 2003 in Johnstown, nonprofit The Learning Lamp began by offering one-to-one tutoring that was accessible to all students, regardless of ability or income. Leah Spangler, president […]

Goodwill thanks community’s support through ‘Giveback’ program | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 22, 2021

With its thrift stores closed for part of last year to slow the spread of the coronavirus, jobs for people in need of work and revenue for Goodwill’s social programs dried up.

CAHS Patriots continues mission to serve active military and veterans | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 21, 2021

The services the organization provides include putting together and sending care packages to troops serving overseas as, to date, they've sent 13,045 packages; various programs to honor local veterans; sponsoring an annual Wreaths Across America event where wreaths are placed on graves of veterans in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies; sponsoring the Warriors Rock telethon concert, and many more.